On December 15 some 130 youth delegates from across Timor-Leste were seated in that nation's new Youth Parliament. Fernando Araujo Lasama, President of Timor-Leste’s national Parliament, addressed the group and invited them to participate in the upcoming budget discussions.
The new Youth Parliament--which at an average age of fourteen years is the youngest in the region--elected its first president, 15-year-old Lizeiro da Silva. The group also drafted its first set of recommendations on issues affecting youth in Timor-Leste. The recommendations, which addressed education, health, employment and recreation, were presented to the national Parliament and the Secretary of State for Youth and Sports.
The young delegates will represent their communities to the new Parliament for two years. Timor-Leste’s Youth Parliament is supported by UNICEF and the Secretary of State for Youth and Sports.
Youth Parliament commences in Timor-Leste